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Why the Post is Wrong About Social Security

Last week, I praised Tom Harkin’s bill that would improve Social Security by increasing benefits and raising the income cap on the payroll tax. Apparently I chose a hot topic. Simultaneously, the Washington Post issued this editorial, criticizing the idea, and soon after such luminaries as Senator Elizabeth Warren and Paul Krugman argued in favor of the proposal.

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Determinate Sentencing: a Great Injustice

 Determinate sentencing laws were intended to make the justice system more equitable. However determinate sentencing has had the opposite effect.

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Social Security is the Solution—Not the Problem

America’s retirement system is in crisis, not because of Social Security, but because employer-funded pensions and household retirement savings are inadequate. 

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Halloween and Politics Never Mix

There is a new Halloween themed Internet advertisement that is directed towards college students to opt out of Obamacare. The ad, funded by Generation Opportunity, depicts a young man watching a horror movie alone, being pressured into buying government healthcare by a sleazy salesman. Unfortunately for Generation Opportunity, their new ad has an unintended message.

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Elements of the Buffett Rule Should be Reconsidered

 

As the budget conferences near, policymakers will need to consider ways to raise revenue. Perhaps the Buffett Rule can provide some ideas on how to do so without burdening middle class Americans.

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Why is So Little Being Done About Global Warming?

Global warming is the most pressing issue of the twenty first century and the scientific community is 95% certain certain that humans are causing it. So why are our policymakers sitting idle? 
 

 

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Workers’ Rights Attacked in the States

For over three decades, worker’s rights and worker’s living standards have been eroding. The growing inequality in the United States is not a natural outgrowth of changing technology, or differences in worker’s skills. Inequality has been created, in part, by undermining the rights of workers.

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Four Observations on the Recent Shut-Down

With this post I reenter the blog-sphere, after a short but much-needed sabbatical. The most important economic policy event that took place in my absence was the attempt by conservatives to hold the world economy hostage by refusing to fund the government and by threatening to default on our debts. I can’t resist making a few observations.

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Employment Situation: Lack of Government Jobs Hampering Economy

The employment report for August, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is noteworthy because it is so dismal. The recovery is fragile, job growth is completely inadequate, and cutbacks in government are a major cause of the problem.

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Full Employment: Building on the Legacy of the 1963 March

Wednesday the 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. On Saturday, tens of thousands of marchers, including many ADA activists, gathered on the mall to rekindle the spirit of that historic effort.

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The Summer of Tax Reform

Summer 2013 marks the beginning of an important transformation in United States tax reform. As Senators are submitting secret proposals to a "blank slate" tax approach and members of Congress are traveling around the United States listening to Americans on how to reform the tax code, it is important to keep in mind that corproations and the wealthiest Americans should not continue to get away with avoiding taxes through the use of tax loopholes.

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Study Shows Huge Cost Savings from Single-Payer

 

In the months to come, Republican's will continue to work to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We must work to make these foolish efforts fail, and help the ACA to succeed, at the same time that we lay the groundwork for more comprehensive reforms such as a system of Medicare for All.

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Montana’s Health Care Experiment

Montana is at the forefront of healthcare innovation, cutting private-sector overhead and saving taxpayer money while improving patient care. We can implement parts of this model and improve our national system as well.

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Two Versions of Reality: Why The Social Safety Net Is Important

Democrats and Republicans have different visions of what the social safety net should be; this is not a surprise. What is surprising, though, is just how enthusiastic Republicans are about ending it.

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Cancel The Sequester To Grow Jobs And The Economy

Conservative politicians may be self-deluded enough to think that the spending cuts caused by sequestration have had no real impact on the economy, or on the lives of their constituents. However, there is abundant evidence to the contrary. 

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Why it Matters: SNAP

The house recently approved a farm bill in a 216-208 vote that no democrats supported. This bill would put money into crop insurance programs, price supports, and new subsidies for huge agribusinesses. More importantly though, this new bill does not provide any food stamp aid whatsoever. While Congress prepares to offer help to farmers, they have not offered to help struggling Americans make ends meet.

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Bernanke to Congress: The Slow Economy Is Your Fault

This Congress is extremely unreceptive to economic logic, such as that provided by Chairman Bernanke.

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Voting Rights Should Be a Bipartisan Fight

The 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act passed in the Senate 98-0, as it should be. And now it isn’t in effect.

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Fight For Your Right To Vote

Voting rights are under siege, with Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court's conservative majority. Just because things have improved since the 1960s does not mean the issue is at rest.

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Tell The Senate: “Give Us Five NLRB Members”

Conservative politicians have criticized the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), whenever it has attempted to encourage collective bargaining, and their obstruction of its enforcement is threatening the government's ability to function.

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